Leicester fans take the anti-Arsenal as a blueprint rather than a dire warning of how to screw your own club

by Bulldog Drummond

Before we get down to our usual coverage of past matches between the two clubs there is a lovely story in the local Leicester newspaper today

Claudio Ranieri linked with Tottenham in strangest transfer rumour of season

The sub-heading reads

“The former Leicester City boss looks set to leave Nantes this summer after fall-out with club president”

Yes the Leicester Mercury tells us that “French publication Presse Ocean claim Ranieri is in talks with Spurs to take over from Mauricio Pochettino in the summer.

“Ranieri is currently in charge of French club Nantes, where he is in the midst of a poor run of seven games without a win in Ligue 1, following a 2-0 defeat to Montpellier.  The Italian is under contract at Nantes until the end of next season, but looks ever likely to be leaving this summer following a spat with the club’s president, who accused Ranieri of being “unprofessional”.

“Ranieri responded by daring Nantes to sack him.”   Sports Illustrated however agreed that he will leave at the end of the season and they have the story of him going to Tottenham too.

Oh what jolly japes these clubs get up to.  Nantes are 10th in the French League.

Elsewhere the local press in the land of the king who turned up in a car park and got a 527 year fine and a parking ticket, comment of their current manager that “Claude Puel is under increasingly intense pressure, with David Wagner tipped to replace him .”

Although it is not all doom and gloom in Leicester for a different article in the Leicester Mercury has the headline  “Summer signings can fire Leicester City into Premier League top six, says Wes Morgan.”  This points out that 7th spot in the league was there for the taking – and with it a chance to play in the Europa, but they have let it slip through their fingers.

Interestingly Leicester City supporters seem to have taken a good look at the anti-Arsenal Arsenal and have seen it not as a dire warning of what can happen when disparate groups of the disaffected take over a you tube channel but as a blueprint of how to behave.   The newspaper tells us that, “In the defeat to West Ham on Saturday, fans booed at half-time and full time, many left before the end, some chanted ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’ at manager Claude Puel, while hardly any stayed behind for the lap of appreciation after the game.”

Oh that lap of appreciation after the game. Not many clubs manage to pull it off.  I wonder why the clubs still try to do it.

Anyway it seems that Arsenal’s away supporters have a chance to show their hosts what it is like to be positive.  Let’s hope everyone (including the delegation from Untold) remember what support is supposed to mean.  I am sure we all will.

In the early days of playing Leicester, Arsenal had a fair amount of struggle, winning just two of the first 12 games between the two clubs.  This changed however in 1903 when we went on a run of 14 games against them in the 1st and 2nd divisions, and didn’t lose a single one.

The results between the two sides have swung back and forth since then – eight without a win in the early 1970s, one defeat in 20 from 1984 to 2000.

Since that last defeat on penalties in a FA Cup match, there have been 13 games without Arsenal being beaten.  But if we just take our Premier League record against them recently it looks rather promising.  The first ever Premier League match between the clubs in Novembher 1994 resulted in a Leicester win.  Since then…

Date Game Res Score
23 Nov 1994 Leicester City v Arsenal L 2-1
11 Feb 1995 Arsenal v Leicester City D 1-1
24 Aug 1996 Leicester City v Arsenal W 0-2
12 Apr 1997 Arsenal v Leicester City W 2-0
27 Aug 1997 Leicester City v Arsenal D 3-3
26 Dec 1997 Arsenal v Leicester City W 2-1
12 Sep 1998 Leicester City v Arsenal D 1-1
20 Feb 1999 Arsenal v Leicester City W 5-0
07 Aug 1999 Arsenal v Leicester City W 2-1
04 Dec 1999 Leicester City v Arsenal W 0-3
26 Dec 2000 Arsenal v Leicester City W 6-1
20 Jan 2001 Leicester City v Arsenal D 0-0
25 Aug 2001 Arsenal v Leicester City W 4-0
23 Jan 2002 Leicester City v Arsenal W 1-3
06 Dec 2003 Leicester City v Arsenal D 1-1
15 May 2004 Arsenal v Leicester City W 2-1
31 Aug 2014 Leicester City v Arsenal D 1-1
10 Feb 2015 Arsenal v Leicester City W 2-1
26 Sep 2015 Leicester City v Arsenal W 2-5
14 Feb 2016 Arsenal v Leicester City W 2-1
20 Aug 2016 Leicester City v Arsenal D 0-0
26 Apr 2017 Arsenal v Leicester City W 1-0
11 Aug 2017 Arsenal v Leicester City W 4-3

And in case long historical runs are not really your scene, then the last six are five wins and a draw in which we have scored 14 and conceded seven, suggesting an average score of 2-1 to the Arsenal.

More tomorrow.


Leicester v Arsenal: what the form book tells us – it’s a little more encouraging perhaps

The fixture list is fixed: finally a little bit more of the truth comes out.

Arsenal have three players who’ve scored in double figures!


10 Replies to “Leicester fans take the anti-Arsenal as a blueprint rather than a dire warning of how to screw your own club”

  1. Off topic but our U23s are one nil down at half time in the PL International Trophy here at the Ems. An early goal from the right hand side by Madi Queta.

    Virginia (gk),Jordi Osei-Tutu,Tolaji Bola, Charlie Gilmour, Danny Ballard, Ben Sheaf, Aaron Eyoma, Josh Da Silva (c), Yassin Fortune, Emile Smith Rowe and Vlad Dragomir

    Zech Medley, Hugo Keto (gk), Joseph Olowu, Robbie Burton, Dominic Thompson, James Olayinka and Matthew Smith

  2. Porto well organised defending well and trying to hit us on the counter which was how they got their goal. We need to be quicker when we attack, too many sideways passes giving them time to organise

    Jordi Osei-Tutu at right back very impressive. Wouldn’t mind him as backup to Hector next season. He’s bigger and virtually as quick.

  3. No score in the second half so Porto win the trophy.

    All the Arsenal fans thought that Dragomir should have had a penalty in extra time when brought down by a combination of the Porto goalkeeper and a defender but as usual nothing awarded. I would need a replay to be sure

    With most of the U23 stars not included in the squad I can only suppose that they will play a part tomorrow or at the weekend. They were sorely missed as we rarely looked threatening. Our keeper was the busier, theirs wasted time.

  4. Whatever be the case at the King Power Stadium tomorrow, Arsenal should beat Leicester and I believe the Gunners will devour the Foxes as they tame them in the game and caged them for spoils taking.

  5. I’m an engineering graduate, people important to me are from the past include:
    * Pierre-Simon Laplace (1749–1827).
    * Jean-Baptiste Joseph Fourier (21 March 1768 – 16 May 1830)
    * Josiah Willard Gibbs (February 11, 1839 – April 28, 1903)

    Lots of others. Gibbs is the youngest of that group, and I see he died in the year that turned you off. Gibbs was pretty much the father of thermodynamics for me (more the chemical variety of thermodynamics).

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